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CNN
Dec 31, 2012 1:00am PST
avert falling over the fiscal cliff. senate leaders need to put something together to avoid tax increases for just about everyone and big spending cuts. senator claire mccaskill says a make or brake deal comes down to a few lawmakers on topic of raising taxes for the wealthy. >> it remains to be scene whether the republicans being driven by a very extreme group of house members will allow our economy to pert because of their desire to protect multimillionaires in this country. that's what it's going to boil down to. >> any plan would need house speaker john baner to bring it to the floor for a vote. republican representative tom cole says he's confident that boehner can get the votes he needs. >> on the speaker's plan, he had over 200 republican votes, it's not as if he had an awfully strong hand to play, if it's a deal john boehner can accept, it will be passed in a bipartisan manner with a very strong majority. if on the other hand he's neutral or not favorable, his chances will be a lot slimmer. >> lisa desjardins following the fiscal cliff negotiations on capitol hill. do yo
CNN
Jan 1, 2013 9:00am PST
#zgrassley, o rubio, a tiny minority. the senate passed the fiscal cliff deal with an overwhelming bipartisan vote. it was 89-8. want to bring in jessica yellin at the white house. you, too, were up late early in the morning here. the president, how does he feel things are going? we went over the cliff but clearly there's still more work to be done. >> reporter: well, look, they're not coming out and talking so they're being careful and letting the process unfold as it needs to. but there's a sense here that this deal will get done. and that they have wrapped up this -- this part of the process will be wrapped up today, suzanne. and you know, i'd say that there's also a sense here that the president did get a win. that's the view from this end of pennsylvania avenue. there are many different views on the other end. the sense here is that, for example, this is as they're saying in their talking points the first bipartisan agreement to raise taxes on the wealthy in 20 years. now, that is, in fact, an accomplishment for a democratic president they got a concession from the republican
CNN
Jan 1, 2013 6:00am PST
in for carol costello. we begin this morning with the fiscal cliff and the drama that now shifts to the house, that's because overnight the senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise measure, the move delays the spending cuts that have could plunged the nation back into a recession. for most americans here is the bottom line, taxes would stay the same for almost everyone but top earners but the measure is up to the house. lawmakers could vote on a compromise today and republican leaders in the house are not making any promises that it's going to pass. this morning, both parties say more work needs to be done. >> i'm disappointed that we weren't able to make the grand bargain as we've tried to do for so long. we tried. passing this agreement does not mean negotiations halt, far from it. >> we've done some good for the country. we've taken care of the revenue side of this debate and now it's time to get serious about reducing washington's out of control spending. that's a debate the american people want. it's the debate we'll have next, and it's a debate republicans are ready for. >> we're covering all the angles of this story as it unfolds, bria
CNN
Dec 26, 2012 6:00am PST
return to washington for a last-ditch effort to reach a fiscal cliff deal. the senate and house are expected to reconvene tomorrow. we're six days away from possible across the board tax increases and spending cuts. >>> former president george h.w. bush is still in a houston hospital. his wife, barbara, and other relatives at his side. the 88-year-old has been in the hospital for more than a month with a lingering cough and recently had a low grade fever. doctors remain cautiously optimistic about a full recovery. >>> a claim of facebook privacy breach within the zuckerberg family. his sister says a family photo was reposted by another person on twitter. randy zuckerberg called the woman out. the woman apologized said it was public because it was in her facebook newsfeed. >>> in china the longest high speed railway opens, connects beijing with guangzhou, 1,500 in eight hours, but tickets start at $138, and they're a little pricey for some people and many travelers say it's cheaper and faster to fly. >>> a report just out this morning shows home prices up in october, the biggest annu
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 11:00am PST
hill, senators are hard at work trying to avoid taking the country off ha fiscal cliff. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell arrived earlier today at the capital for talks. yesterday he and other leaders met the white house with the president and vice president aiming to avoid tax hikes and may vote on a deal as early as sunday. >>> police now have a woman in custody in connection with the death of a man pushed in front of a new york city subway train on thursday. detectives arrested a woman who they said said things that implicated hadder in the death sun and doe sen. this is the sketch of that suspect. >>> in india, the young woman gang raped on a new delhi bus is dead. doctors say she died peacefully at the hospital where she was being treated. employees plan to add murder charges against the six suspects already in custody and arrested on rape. the charges will be filed next thursday. angry protesters have been demanding justice and more protection for women and police expect more demonstrations in the days to come. >>> a large crowd cheers the first couple to get married under ma
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 11:00am PST
this fiscal cliff deal, specifically what you just put up there, most importantly perhaps the tax rate issue. and he is trying to get the senate to just vote on that. the outstanding issue still is -- seems to be according to sources on both parties, joe, seems to be the so-called sequester, the mandatory spending cuts. both sides have tentatively agreed to delay them for a couple of months. replace them with spending cuts. it just is unclear -- they haven't come to an agreement on what those spending cuts will be and unclear if they actually will. that's why senator mcconnell is trying to push the envelope, prod them publicly to take the tax cut issue up. as you know, joe, you spent a lot of years walking these halls, the senate is one issue, but the house is another beast altogether. i actually have a democratic member of the house, the last hour we spoke to a republican, now we have -- pleased to be joined by democratic congressman sander levin. a lot of republicans, we heard it -- a parade of republicans on the senate floor saying they were upset with the president. one said that they felt heckled by him, he was just too part
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 11:30am PST
for this afternoon. the senate where they are still trying to work out a deal to avoid a fiscal cliff. just watching and keeping an eye on things so we'll bring you the latest developments as they happen. when they do, we'll bring them to you. >>> deal or no deal -- that is the $64,000 question. and this is not a game show. we're talking about of course, the high-stakes politics in washington that will impact every american family. the fiscal cliff is here. and we all go over it in two days. unless the president and congress are able to come up with some kind of budget deal. so let's bring in brian monroe. the editor of cnn politics.com and he's joining us from san antonio, texas. brian, no one wants their taxes to go up. we know come tuesday, everyone who gets a paycheck will get less money in it unless a deal is reached. i know you've been talking to people and getting the pulse of the country, what are they saying to you? >> you know, martin, you're right, gallup did a recent poll taking a look at this. let's take a look. the recent poll shows that 68% of americans are saying lawma
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 9:00am PST
democrats, anybody to aavoid the fiscal cliff? >> reporter: well, this is what may be alarming to learn, suzanne. obviously, the white house is always in concert with senate democrats. there's always an open line of communication there, but there are really no substantive discussions going on with the white house and senate democrats with republicans both in the house and the senate. that may seem troubling at this point, because obviously eyes are turning towards the senate as it is going to reconvene on thursd thursday. if this fiscal cliff is to be averted, it has to get through both the senate and house with some republican support. so you're hearing pessimism now on both sides. take a listen to a democratic and a republican senator and how they see the prospects of maybe going over the fiscal cliff. >> i feel that it's more likely that we will go over the cliff than not. if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequence consequenceal act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time, maybe ever in american history. >> when i listen to the president, i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he see
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
to washington and you can bet he's planning to get back to work on that so-called fiscal cliff as soon as he lands. the goal, to work out a deal that can solve the political gridlock before the new year. the senate will reconvene today. the house, however s not back in session after the failure of speaker john boehner's plan b last week, house members are saying the ball is now in the senate's court. >>> former president george h.w. bush is in the intensive care unit at a houston hospital this morning. according to a statement from the bush family the president has been in intensive care since sunday, after suffering a series of setbacks, including a persistent fever. they also say he's relentlessly positive and spends time talking and joking with his doctors. in the next hour we'll take to you houston for a live update on the president's condition. >>> it's called one of the largest lawsuits of its kind, toyota agrees to a $1.1 billion settlement. we'll tell you who benefits and if one of the people who benefits is you. [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. time for citi price rewind. are only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refu
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm PST
hear. thank you. >> thank you, martin. >>> what going over the fiscal cliff means for you. for me. for all of us. we are monitoring the talks on capitol hill, the number two senator on the hill, dick durbin, joins us next. ♪ aww man. [ male announcer ] returns are easy with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ [ male announcer ] when diarrhea hits, kaopectate stops it fast. powerful liquid relief speeds to the source. fast. [ male announcer ] stop the uh-oh fast with kaopectate. >>> let's go back to dana bash monitoring developments on capitol hill. dana? >> that's right, martin, talking to democrats now coming out of their nearly two-hour meeting talking about the talks are and we now have the number two democrat in the senate, dick durbin from illinois. thank you very much. can you give us a reality check of where things stand and more importantly, if you really think that a deal can be done pie the clock striking midnight tonight or even tomorrow night? >> the original down tours talked about present a pr
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 9:00am PST
fredricka whitfield. here are the top stories we are following right now. >>> that fiscal cliff. we are at the very edge. senate leaders are working through the weekend trying to reach a deal before the deadline. today president obama called on lawmakers to meet their deadlines and responsibilities and forge a compromise to avoid tax hike and spending cuts from taking effect. lisa desjardins is live on capitol hill. what's going on right now? >> reporter: right now it's all behind closed doors, martin. what we just have learned in the last hour, in fact, what reporters have seen here, a surprise. house speaker john boehner was here at the capitol. we're still trying to sort out exactly why he was here, but he wasn't here for very long, it seems. he left in the last hour. also, we were able to see some of senator mcconnell's staffers. i was able to speak to one of them coming in and out of these kind of closed-door planning meetings. he said they've been here since 9:00 a.m. they plan to work all day and we may see his boss, senator mcconnell, later today. that shows us kind of where things stand. i wanted to break this
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 1:00pm PST
headquarters in atlanta. i'm in for fredricka whitfield. good to be with you. >>> fiscal cliff talks, we are at a standstill, 32 hours before we reach the edge of this press cis miss. senate sfleshts taken the time out to speak after the butting heads on two key issue, one involving tax rates, the other social security. ali velshi is in new york, dana bash is live on capitol hill. we will start with you, dana. what has gotten lawmakers now not seeing eye to eye? >> reporter: actually, let me answer that by asking one of the members of the senate republican leadership, senator john thune, who just came out of the senate republican meet egg. senator, can you tell us where do things stand as far as republicans feel? >> well, look, republicans advanced a proposal last night. you heard senator mcconnell talk about that on the floor. we are still awaiting a counteroffer by the democrats. and there was an indication that we could have received that by 10:00 this morning. we have yet to receive it. but there are discussions that continue. senator mcconnell and vice president biden are continuing to discuss this and we think there perhaps still could be a path forward. the one thing that i
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 4:00pm PST
. >> they are trying to find a last minute compromise to keep us from going over the fiscal cliff, respect senator olympia snowe is saying that it's a bigger sign of a bigger crisis. >> what is deeply troubling is you cannot get congress and the president to reach any agreement on anything. >> the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations in a few minutes. a 31-year-old woman has been charged with second degree murder as a hate crime in connection with a subway death in new york city. they identified the woman as erica ericamenendez in new york. the victim was a store owner and graphic designer. witnesses described a womani pacing the platform and talking to herself before pushing the victim on the tracks as a train entered the stadium. the video shows a woman running from the scene. a airliner smashed into a highway in russia. four of the crew were killed, no passengers were on board and no one on the highway was injured. it was arriving when it over shot the run way. a lot of celebrating early this morning in portland, maine, the first same sex couple said i do under a new state law that took effect at mi
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
counting on a tax refund in the next few weeks, the fiscal cliff could force you to wait just a little bit longer than usual. >>> checking our top stories. the nation is now 14 hours away from the fiscal cliff. sources tell us vice president joe biden and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell talked through the night and vow to keep these negotiations going on today. the gridlock in washington could also hold up your tax refund. you might have to wait until late march to file if congress does not approve a short-term fix for the alternative minimum tax in the next few days. same issue two years ago delayed the opening of tax season by four weeks to mid-february. >>> former president george h.w. bush is still in a houston hospital but no longer in intensive care. bush was moved to regular patient room on saturday to continue his recovery. the 88-year-old was initially hospitalized with bronchitis last month, came down last week with a stubborn fever. >>> parts of the midwest are under a windchill advisory today. it's going to feel like 35 below in parts of minnesota, iowa, and north dakota. while the south will see some thunderstorms move through later as well. >>> kim kardashian expecting her first child with favorite bad boy rapper kanye west. a spo
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 9:00am PST
the so-called fiscal cliff, right? the president and the vice president, they're going to meet with house speaker john boehner, minority leader nancy pelosi, senate majority harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell. that is happening this afternoon. jessica yellin is there. jess, what do we know about the president's plan to get everybody in the same room? do we think there's going to be something that comes out of this? >> reporter: well, this is one of those cases where we really are going to have to wait and see, and all the parties involved are also going in with a big question mark. the idea is the expectation by many of the participants in the meeting is that they hope that they will be able to discuss more details about a scaled-down fiscal cliff plan. and maybe that could lead to some sort of agreement ideally for all parties in which all the senators say that they will not filibuster it, and it can go to a vote. and then speaker boehner could, in theory, agree to bring it to a vote on the house floor after the house comes back on sunday. and then we would get all of this behind us before new year's eve. how likely does that sound? not so li
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 8:00am PST
cliff agreement that the president and spe speaker boehner had been discussing weeks ago and then senator mcconnell would agree that no republicans would block it in any way if he can promise that. he argues that he can't really make that promise but if e he could then speaker boehner would promise to bring it to a vote on the floor. all sides would shake hands and we'd have a deal before new year's. that seems highly unlikely. but that's what all sides are pushing for today. >> i think we can all agree that tax rates are the biggest sticking point. so what specific issues are your sources saying that they might actually address in this meeting today besides tax rates? could they talk about unemployment benefits, spending cuts, what's expected to come up today? >> this is the -- the specific details of the proposal could include in addition to tax rates, as you point out, an extension of unemployment benefits. the amt fix, the alternative minimum tax would be patched for another year. and medicare doctor payments, preventing pay cut s s to medic providers. and the question that republicans are aski
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
before we go over the fiscal cliff, and it is not clear whether a last-minute deal is even possible or whether this is going to be all about shifting blame. i want you to listen to senate majority leader harry reid. >> with 36 hours left until the country goes over the cliff, i remain hopeful and realistic about the prospects of reaching a bipartisan agreement, and at some point in the negotiating process, it is obvious when the other side is intentionally demanding concessions that they know that the other side is not willing to make. we are not there, prpt. i hope, mr. president, that we are ready to go forward with the status, but we are not at the point where i can say we have this for you. >> and now joining us from washington, congresswoman bass, and can you talk to us about the standstill right now. are you optimistic that there is any agreements made today? >> well, you know, i am optimistic. i mean i know it sounds like a very short period of time, 30 hours, but that is enough time for a deal to come together, and you know that the basic parameters of that deal, i believe it is shaping up, whether it is $250, $400, the extension of unemployment, the doc fix, i do think
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 7:00pm PST
over the quiet capitol, is congress ready to plunge over the fiscal cliff? earlier i spoke with brianna keeler, i asked her what might happen as the holiday week rolls on? >> well, there's one sort of last ditch effort possibility here, don, and that is when the senate reconvenes on the 27th, it's possible that either they could try to pass something and sort of force it on the house or it's possible that they could take a bill that they've already passed back in july with the threshold of those tax hikes being at the $250,000 level. and that they could kind of say to the house, now the ball is in your court, you have to deal with this, it's still very much a possibility, don, that this doesn't work out, that we go over the fiscal cliff, and that was reflected today on the sunday shows from both democrats and republicans, take a listen. >> passing plan b the other night would not have changed the outcome, we're going to go over the cliff before, we're going to go over the cliff now. you cannot negotiate with someone that doesn't want to negotiate. >> in the aftermath of the house republicans rejecting speaker boehn boehner's plan b, i feel it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and that -- if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 1:00am PST
fiscal cliff comes nearer and the u.s. goes over it. >> can we expect, brianna, any other lawmakers to step up to the plate and kick-start negotiations? what about senate minority leader mitch mcconnell? >> well, the thing at this point and i'm told by sources is that there really are no negotiations going on between senator mitch mcconnell, the republican leader in the senate, and senator majority leader harry reid, in hawaii for the funeral of daniel inouye and is now on his way back to washington. it would come down to the senate doing something. there would be a possibility that senate mcconnell might allow this bill i mentioned that i already passed in july, was a threshold for tax hikes, being at the $250,000 level, he may allow democrats to say, the house has to take this, or if there is some sort of vote on another measure, while mitch mcconnell would be unlikely to personally support it, perhaps he might let some of his republican senators do that, now, this is sort of thinking, coming from democrats, this is not something that mitch mcconnell at this point is planning to do, and it's very much unclear. the fact is, though, it doesn't just matter what
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 2:00pm PST
going over the so-called fiscal cliff. good luck with that. here's what we know so far. it's up to the senate to pass a plan at this point, aides for democratic leader harry reid and republican leader mitch mcconnell are trading proposals. even if they agree, they still need the support of the caucuses. that's no sure thing. then the plan needs to pass the house too. and speaker john boehner has shown he can't control how his caucus votes. if the senate fails to act, president obama wants it to consider a much smaller plan, one that at least would stop middle class tax hikes, at least. but republicans could block a vote on that. did you get all that? >>> by now, you're probably asking how did we get in this mess? cnn's ali velshi breaks it down for us. >> now we have passed a bold package of tax relief for america's families and businesses. >> reporter: it starts more than a decade ago, when then president george w. bush initiated a series of tax cuts for all americans. but it's a deal with a devil. the cuts, which are politically expedient but costly to government, expire in ten years' time. >>
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 8:00am PST
cliff from hawaii. brianna keilar is traveling with the president. she's going to join us live. that's 25 minutes from now. >>> u.s. senator michael crapo s says he's deeply sorry for driving under the influence of alcohol. the republican who is also a mormon was pulled over, tested and arrested after running a red light early yesterday morning in virginia. he says he made a mistake and deal with whatever penalty he is given. >>> the u.s. navy seals are again mourning the loss of one of their own. a military official tells cnn that commander job price died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. price was a commander officer of seal team 4, that's the unit with more than two dozen members that operates in central afghanistan. the official says there's no indication at this point that price was under any investigation or involved in any controversies. >>> former republican senator chuck hagel has not been nominated as defense secretary, but members of his own party already signaling an uphill confirmation battle if he is. barbara star has more on in surprising backlash. good morning to you. i think a lot of people thought after susan ri
CNN
Jan 1, 2013 8:00am PST
. >> we went over the fiscal cliff. yep at midnight and then just a couple hours later, the senate came up with a solution. now it's off to the house. the house has to sign off. they will get back to work this afternoon. what's in the deal? well, it starts with the new income tax threshold. those folks agreed to let the taxes go up but only on the family who is make over $450,000 in combined income. the itemized deductions will also be capped at $300,000 for families. and the estate tax, that was a big sticking point for lawmakers, and now the tax rate goes up to 40% for estates that are valued over $5 million. so if you're under $5 million, you skated there too. other key points are an extension of the long-term unemployment benefits. the renewal of tuition and child care tax credits and then something called the doc fix. it reimburses doctors who take medicare patients. and what about the automatic spending cuts that were supposed to go into effect today? doomsday, yikes. they put those off. but only for two months. that's the plan that the senate stayed up real, real late to accompli
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 8:00am PST
, very pessimistic about getting anything done before we reach that fiscal cliff. listen to what he said. >> the speaker just has a few d days left to change his mind, but i have to be very honest, mr. president. i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> let me kind of lay out the state of play. i'll try to keep it out as much as possible. this is something everybody is focused on. the ball is in the senate's court right now. so what senator reid, who you saw earlier, and the president, what they are trying to figure out is whether or not they can craft what the president called a scaled-back bill, which is what he campaigned on. raising taxes for everybody making more than $250,000 a year and adding a few other tax-related items in there. maybe spending but it's unclear. the question is whether or not they can put all that together in a way to get enough republican votes in order to pass the senate and then would have to have enough votes to pass the house as well. whether they can do that in the next few days is an open question. >> just procedurally too, that takes time. a
CNN
Jan 1, 2013 11:00am PST
fiscal cliff when the new year began. but practically the senate pulled a parachute that should soften the fall. about 2:00 a.m. eastern, senators passed a round of compromises with a vote of 89-8. i said should. this deal is far from done. now it is up to the house to stop $600 billion of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. at this hour, though, a vote is not scheduled. multiple house members took to the floor today to say their vote will be no. >> the current agreement with the fiscal cliff was agreed to, we're told, somewhere around 11:30 last night. the bill was voted on at 2:00 in the morning. now, again this is new year's eve. i don't know how many senators between midnight and 2:00 a.m. in the morning had a chance to thoroughly read this agreement that is 157 pages long. you see, this is not how we should run our government. this is drama. unnecessary drama. >> so what did the senators pass? well, it was very long bill, 157 pages. there are a host of tax credit extensions, medicare extensions, and a lot more. but here are some of the key points. couples making $450,000 or mor
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 11:00am PST
. it's about optics. if they are not there, it's easy to say we went over the fiscal cliff and we were here in washington working. that's what they are trying to get across here. coming back on sunday maybe doesn't look as bad when they were at work earlier in the week. we want to you listen to something harry reid said. a top senate democrat as you know. take a listen. >> john boehner caring more about keeping his speakership than keeping them on financial footing. it's obvious what's going on around here. he is waiting until january 3rd to get reelected to speaker before he gets serious about the negotiation. >> okay. dana, you don't have to translate that. it's about the blame game. >> of course it's all about the blame game. >> digging through, i know you were talking about any scaled back piece of legislation would look like and reports they got from republicans and the president told mitch mcconnell that he would get the details. that's where from the perspective of republicans where things stand. the president publicly said before he left for his vacation in hawaii since everyth
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
to be a bitter stalemate between democrats and republicans on the fiscal cliff, we have learned of a bit of change this evening with the negotiations. for one, we have learned that the senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. that means no decision tonight. we have also learned senator mitch mcconnell, the republican minority leader, has had conversations directly with vice president biden. mcconnell had been working with senate majority leader harry reid, but he and biden have gotten things done when working together in the past. can they do it now? let's go to dana bash. dana, what do you think? is it promising? can they go it now? >> reporter: well, let's start there. it certainly has happened before between these two men, and it's happened before when democrats on capitol hill are either split or have gotten, frankly, just too frustrated with the republican counterparts to have conversations to be able to find bipartisan agreement. these are the two men who negotiated an extension of the bush era tax cuts for two years. that happened two years ago when republicans had a lot of political capital because they just won the house in a big way. whether or not these two men a
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 8:00am PST
work done? tell us a little bit about the fiscal cliff here. we know the senate is going to come back on thursday. do we expect the presidt to come back to washington and deal with trying to avoid these tax increases and the spending cuts? >> it really does sound like he'll be coming back, suzanne. it is not official. the white house hasn't put out a schedule update. it seems to be more a matter of when he is coming back rather than if. the senate will reconvene thursday. all eyes there as senate majority leader harry reid tries to cobble together something that can get some republican support. we'll be waiting to see exactly when president obama is coming back but we understand that the senate even though it reconvenes on thursday may not, senate democrats may not roll out a bill until closer to the new year. also get some republican support and put pressure on the house to take it up. >> we'll be following that very closely. have a wonderful christmas and of course we'll talk with you a little bit later. if there are any developments on the fiscal cliff. stay with cnn for any moveme
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
what's happening on capitol hill this back and forth over the fiscal cliff. do you believe it's going to be all right? >> well you know, i have to have faith. i have to believe that the senators in congress, people understand that these are real people who are unemployed, that you know, they're making decisions on people's lives. it's just not a number. it's not just 2 million people. there are 2 million families and even those people who have not found a job that doesn't even report to the unemployment that they do not have a job, so it's many people unemployed and jobs are very hard to come by. >> karen, i'm going to have on some leadership, members of the leadership from washington in a moment and i want to you just speak to them, what do you want them to know before this meeting at the white house today? just tell them your appeal to come to some kind of deal so that your benefits don't run out. >> you want me to -- >> yes tell me what you would say to them. >> i'm sorry. i would ask them to please, come together and make a decision, a decision is needed, put all the personal, personalities aside and step up and make a decision. it's not that difficult to make a decision to
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 11:00am PST
honolulu, eight days away from the fiscal cliff. are there any contacts occurring on this topic between the president and anyone in congress, briana? >> reporter: there is an open line of communication, i would say, with senate democrats, hala. but there is really no substantive conversations between the folks that you with need for there to be conversations between in order to strike a deal. the white house and congressional republicans, and perhaps more alarmingly, senate democrats are not in conversations right now with senate republicans or with house republicans. and this is problematic obviously because in order to avoid the fiscal cliff, you would need to find some sort of deal that would make it through the senate and the house and that would need democratic and republican support. now, all eyes on the senate because they will reconvene on the 27th, thursday. and senate majority leader harry reid, it is up to him, really, to cobble together something that can get some of that support. right now the white house is still supporting a threshold of $250,000 back to their initial starting point for tax rates going up for those making more than that. but you can imagine, hala, that's going to be very hard for some r
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 6:00am PST
the fiscal cliff deadline on december 31st. retiring senator joe lieberman puts the potential failure in historic perspective. >> i feel it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal, consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time, maybe ever in american history. >> when i listen to the president, i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. he gets all this additional tax revenue for new programs. he gets to cut the military, which democrats have been calling for for years, and he gets to blame republicans for it. >> so, hey, merry christmas. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is traveling with the president in honolulu. brianna, are the white house and republicans even talking? >> reporter: no. they're not, carol. there's no substantive discussions going on between the white house and senate democrats and senate republicans and house republicans. and this is key because in order for the cliff
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Dec 27, 2012 9:00am PST
in just five days. much more on the fiscal cliff crisis, the effort to reach some kind of agreement later this hour. we're going go live to capitol hill for the latest as the senate returns to work. that is coming up in about 20 minutes. >>> and president obama's going to have another cabinet position to fill for the new year. we learned a short time ago apa lisa jackson is stepping down after the president's state of the union speech in january. jackson starting with the agency as a staff level scientist back in 1987. during her tenure as administrator she tackled pollution problems in poor community communities. oil drilling and coal regulations. all those things on her plate. jackson said she is confident epa is headed in the right direction. >>> winter storm causing some real headaches. millions of folks in the mid-atlantic states, we're looking at heavy snow, torrential rain, strong winds, dangerous travel conditions from here, washington, d.c., all the way to maine. snowfall is especially heavy in northern new york, new england. up to a foot of snow could fall there. drew cuomo is urging folks to stay off the road if possible. it is wet, lever, raising the risk of
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Dec 31, 2012 8:00am PST
. the last day to avert the fiscal cliff before americans plunge head long into smaller paychecks. the u.s. snalt gets back to work right about now. the house has been in session for about an hour now. senate leaders are the ones trying to hammer out a deal picking tax break ceilings, trying to lessen the impact of spending cuts. there are still major obstacles to pass. but this morning we're hearing that progress is being made. we'll have more on that and the fiscal cliff negotiations in a minute. >>> first, i want to show you the rest of the world is ringing in the new year. midnight arrived in asia. they are calling it a pyre tech nick musical. they were scheduled to begin an hour before midnight. hong kong on the top ten places to ring in the new year. let's listen. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> ring in the new year, good morning 2013. we'll continue to monitor all of these celebrations as the day rolls on. the night rolls on in some cases. midnight in the u.s. is the big fiscal cliff deadline. there are two fronts we are watching today. capitol hill and wall street. let's see if there's any movement on capitol hill. stock markets moving up because it's a little erratic. dana bash is watching that live
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Dec 31, 2012 9:00am PST
reach the agreement on the fiscal cliff. right now there are still negotiations that are going on. they are being led by the vice president, vice president biden and senator minority leader mitch mcconnell. sources say that they are making some progress, but even if a deal is reached, no guarantee it's going to pass. listen to what one democratic senator, tom harkin, said on on the senate floor just earlier this morning. >> if we're going to have some kind of a deal, the deal must be one that really does favor the middle class, the real middle class, those making 30, 50, 60, $7,000 a year. that's the real middle class in america. as i see this thing developing, quite frankly as i've said before no deal is better than a bad deal, and this looks like a very bad deal the way it's shaping up. >> we want to bring in dana bash on capitol hill. when you think about it, both sides are not happy with what's taking place, at least what they're talking about. i know you have some new information on at least what the republicans are suggesting when it comes to those massive spending cuts, some kind of delay in the process. how would that work? >> reporter: well, this is accor
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